Marilyn Monroe stars as Elsie, a London chorus girl who catches the eye of a visiting Prince (Laurence Olivier). He's in town to attend King George's coronation along with his teenage son, the King of Carpathia, with whom he is at odds, politically. Elsie comes to share a midnight supper with the Prince and ends up resolving all the problems between father and son, thus preserving world peace.
Yes, the movie really is that dumb. And annoying. I didn't care about any of the characters and, in fact, found the leads quite unlikable. Elsie is the stereotypical dumb blonde who is (of course) the smartest one in the story. Her giggly, breathy bimbo act gets very old fast. Olivier's charmless Prince is a pompous, lascivious bully who hates his own and the son is unpleasant, as well. I couldn't root for any of them and thought the plot was predictable, corny, and most of all, tedious.
Lawrence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe???? It's true, this bizarre match actually took place in the 1957 film, The Prince and the Showgirl. The story takes place at the 1911 coronation of King George V of England. Olivier plays a decorous Carpathian prince, who attends the coronation with his son, the young King, and the dowager queen. When the eye of his son is snagged by Marilyn the showgirl, the Prince arranges for them to meet, and she attends the coronation with them. The prince, of course, … more